Altrusa, Rowan Museum, Partners and STEM camps available

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 10390 Caldwell Road.
Games, storytelling, story writing, art, food: Altrusa has partnered with Patterson Farm, Rowan Public Library and Smart Start for a day of storytelling, story writing (child writes a story and makes it into a booklet) and art activities (face painting).
Each preschool and elementary child will be given an age appropriate book as they leave the event.
Six children’s book authors will read from their own books.
Storyteller ObaKunle Akinlana from Atlanta will entertain with stories accompanied by African musical instruments.
Free hot dogs and Cheerwine for children under 10, courtesy of Kiwanis Club.
The Salisbury Altrusa Club, promoting literacy as its main project, hopes to distribute 500 books to preschool and elementary children at this family-oriented event.
Westside Community Foundation Inc. in partnership with Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Monday-Friday, June 16-Aug. 9, 7:30 a.m.-5:50 p.m.
Academic enrichment with math and reading remediation, storytelling at Rowan Public Library.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematic projects and community presentations in the area of Money Management for Kids; field trips to banks and grocery stores.
Positive character development, bullying, gang and drug prevention workshops plus local fire and police demonstrations.
Field trips include weekly movies, bowling, water park, Cannon Park.
Eligibility: Kindergarten-sixth grade at-risk students from Salisbury and surrounding schools.
Tuition cost: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $160 per student for entire program ($160 tuition is dependent upon receipt of grant funding), plus $20 activity fee.
After care: 3:30-5:30 p.m., $45 per student for entire program.
Enrollment period: Monday-Friday, 2-5:30 p.m. until fully enrolled.Breakfast and lunch are provided daily. Call 704-633-5057.
Wake Up Leonardo! A one week summer visual and performing arts academy for children and youth from rising first grade through rising eighth. Children will enjoy learning from some of the best visual and performing arts teachers in the area and experience movement and reflection time as well. Snack and lunch provided.
July 21-25, 8:15 a.m.-12:30 or 1 p.m. with lunch. Family reception: Friday, July 25, 7-8 p.m. $95 per student. Full and partial scholarships available.
Center For Faith & the Arts is in the lower level of Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W. Harrison St. Registration and scholarship application at or call 704-647-0999.
Interactive Health Therapies will offer free speech and hearing screenings to the community for children ages 3-8 for “Better Speech and Hearing Month.”
The screenings will be offered on Saturday, May 10, and Saturday, May 24, by appointment 10 a.m.-noon. Call 704-762-9282 to schedule. Free food and treats available.
The Rowan Museum is offering its 16th annual Summer History Camp for students in rising third through fifth grades (elementary sessions), and rising sixth through eighth grades (middle school sessions). These weeks will provide an insight into Rowan’s history.
The camp location will involve all museum sites, as well as a visit to the Old English Cemetery, Freedman’s Cemetery and other local historic sites.
Campers will participate in book making, journal keeping, quill writing, cemetery search/rubbings, local lore and ghost stories, tin punch, weaving fabric and rugs, old tools, antiques, artifacts use and recognition, candle dipping, outdoor cooking, butter making, gardening and other activities, as well as early children’s games and folk music.
Middle school students will be involved in advanced activities stemming from those mentioned above, including making gourd bird houses, basket weaving and studying period clothing, historical interpretation, evening “lanterned” trip to the Old Lutheran Cemetery and a scavenger hunt. Middle school will also include one overnight stay at the museum.
The camp will be staffed by museum personnel, local history teachers and local college history majors. Refreshments will be provided mid-morning. Campers should bring lunch every day. Camp hours are 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Included will be the third Civil War camp for middle school students. This is now a five day camp in which campers will be mustered into the Union and Confederate troops, study the history of the war, especially local history, and relive the life of a soldier through 19th century life skills, cooking and medicine, as well as marches, drills, military maneuvers and more.
Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Campers should bring lunch every day. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Elementary session I — June 23-27 (rising third through fifth grades)
• Elementary session II — Aug. 11–15 (rising third through fifth grades)
$150 ($130 for museum members).
• Colonial Middle School session — July 22-26 (rising sixth-eighth grades) One overnight.
$160 ($140 for museum members).
• Civil War Middle School session — June 17-19 (rising sixth-eighth grades)
$150 ($130 for museum members).
For more information and to request an application, call the museum office at 704-633-5946 or email
For the seventh year, a summer program will be offered to students entering grades six, seven, eight or nine who live in Rowan County and are interested in advanced study in science and math.
The program will take place in July at Salisbury High School. Students may attend one or two weeks; cost is $25/week. Contact Barbara Peach at 704-636-1221 ext 411 or for further information and applications.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is reviving a summer camp held years ago that’s designed to build upon the agency’s Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program.
The program, normally offered during the school year, will offer five days of activities.
Participants must be in the grade 6 or 7 and must submit an application.
The curriculum will include issues such as communicating with others, conflict resolution, goal setting, healthy self-image and juvenile law procedures.
Recreation will include daily games and activities. Lunch will be provided at no cost. Camp is free for participants. Applications due May 23.
The camp has three locations:
• Session one — 8 a.m.-2 p.m., June 23-27, West Rowan schools. West Rowan Middle School, 5925 Statesville Blvd.
• Session two — 8 a.m.-2 p.m., July 21-25, East Rowan, Southeast schools. Nazareth Children’s Home, 725 Crescent Road, Rockwell.
• Session three — 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug. 11-15, Salisbury, North Rowan schools, First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton St..
Limit 30 per camp. Applications are available through each schools’ guidance office, school resource officer, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the sheriff’s office website
For more information about the camp, contact Master Deputy Ryan Walker or Master Deputy Jennifer Mason of the school resource officer community relations division at 704-216-8700.
Partners In Leaning Child Development and Family Resource Center invites families to enroll children in their summer camp program — Full Steam Ahead — which runs from June 12 to Aug. 22
The camp will be incorporate science, technology, engineering, arts and math into activities and field trips.
“Campers will have the opportunity to expand their horizons during the summer, embarking on new adventures and having fun,” said Deborah Howell, assistant director.
“Our exceptional program and dedicated staff create an environment that forges lifelong friendships among our campers.”
Summer Fun Camp includes five days of activities and meals. Each child will participate in outdoor and indoor activities. Weekly field trips and all enhanced activities like Catawba College soccer or basketball camps will be included in the one-time program fee of $100. Scholarships are available.
Weekly rates are $136 for pre-kindergarten aged children and $119 for school age children through fifth grade. Camp hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. DSS vouchers are also accepted.
For more information contact Shaina Freeze, school age coordinator at 704-638-9020.
Situated on the Catawba College campus, Partners In Learning serves as the Model Inclusive Center providing care to children 6 weeks through 5 years of age in Rowan County. For more information visit
Salisbury Academy has opened registration for a variety of camps. The school offers camp programs for children entering junior kindergarten through rising ninth-grade students. Children do not have to attend the school to enroll in camp programs.
Six weeks of sessions are offered beginning June 9 and ending July 25, with morning, afternoon and whole-day sessions. The program also offers flexible drop-off and pick-up schedules.
Camps themes include cooking, art, nature hunters, swimming, science, math, scooter games, reading and writing, sports and more. This summer Salisbury Academy will also offer two new technology camps, including 3D printing and Rasberry Pi and LEGO EV3 Robotic Menagerie.
For a complete camp schedule, visit Registration is currently open.
About Salisbury Academy: Salisbury Academy is a co-educational, independent school, for Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade; providing an innovative learning environment that prepares students to enter their future world as leaders. Diane Fisher serves as the Head of School. For more information about Salisbury Academy, visit or call 704-636-3002.
Tutoring classes in reading and writing will be held this summer at The Last Word Bookstore on West Innes Street. All ages needing help in reading skills are welcome. Classes are individualized according to the needs of the student and are one-on-one.
The class times can be designed to fit the parent’s schedule and are 30 minutes long two to three times a week. Prices for the sessions are reasonable. Classes are taught by retired school tutor Denise Foutz and have been ongoing for almost two years. References are available.
For more information, call 704-636-9098 or e mail